March 27, 2006
Moving with birds
How smooth and easy your move with the bird will be, solely depends on the degree of socialization of your pet. Some birds, frequently exposed to new situation, will take the move easily. On the other hands there are birds which will get nervous, stressed and will be squawking and rushing around their carrier. Most traumatic the move will be for older parrots that haven't been socialized well. The most important thing you can do to make tour bird feel secure and safe during the move is to keep its daily routine as usual as possible. Feed it at times the bird got used to, talk to it regularly. Birds are like children - they have their own personality and habits that are hard and painful to break.
Long before the move check the bird at your veterenerian for any diseases that can expose during the stressful situation of the move. If you noticed during the move that the bird started feather picking, it ussually happens when the bird is in stress, bring it to the veterenerian immediately before it turned to a habit which can't be broken. Also, if you are moving interstate or abroad check what health certificates and proof of vaccination is required. Usually no quarantine is required for the birds originated from the US but different countries have different policies regarding this issue, so you better check it before you move. For more detailed information on each state requirement for pet's travel go to USDA Veterinary Services .
Moving local, you can transport your bird in its cage. Be sure you removed all the swings and toys from it lest the bird should get hurt. Don't leave food and water trays inside the cage to avoid spilling, but don't forget to feed and water you pet regularly during the move. It is recommended you cover the cage with a blanket to avoid drafts and sustain proper temperature around - not too cold and not too hot. Be extremely careful when opening the cage as it can easily escape from you.
Moving long distance, prepare the carrier for the bird. Let your pet get used to it: put some treats for your bird inside the carrier, talk to it encouragingly while it is inside. You need to get the bird acquainted with the carrier gradually, establishing pleasant associations for your pet with it.
Upon arrival to a new home put the bird's cage in surroundings close to those you had in your old home. Avoid drafts, opened windows, stoves and ceiling fans when finding the place to put the cage. As a bird is flocking animal, be sure it can see all the activities of your family from the spot you put it in, though having some privacy of its own. Don't change the bird's toys for a while and maintain it usual day routine.
For trusted information about moving with your pet see what American Veterinary Medical Association recommends on pet travelling; check what American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals says about moving pets by car and by plane . See what regulations and recommendations do US Customs and Board Protectic and US Department of State have regarding moving your pet abroad. Also if you are determined to move abroad get some information on international pet passport . Finally, Delta and NWA websites will help you to get specific information for pet airtravel.
Posted by ezm at March 27, 2006 05:05 PM